April 13, 2012

Digital Divides and Bridges: Technology Use Among Youth

Amanda Lenhart spoke to the “Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents” conference at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The conference brought together academics, researchers, non-profits and industry to discuss the effects of media on child mental and physical health and well-being. In her talk, Amanda focused on bringing together data that highlights the demographic differences among groups of youth in their adoption, use, and experiences with technology and social media. While such data may have illustrated what was called a “digital divide” in the past, it now highlights a variety of digital differences among groups of youth. This talk brings together data previously shared in a variety of reports on youth as well as some new analysis.